A lottery talent that took a major fall because of health concerns. The Thunder made this mistake once in passing on DeJuan Blair. They aren’t doing it again as they’ve selected Perry Jones III.
He’s versatile, has a ton of length, is explosive, rebounds and runs the floor. Without the medical concerns, you’re talking a top 12 pick here. At 28, this is a dream selection.
(Note: Jones was medically red flagged before the draft with a meniscus issue.)
There were other players on the board worthy of looking at like Draymond Green, Jeff Taylor, Will Barton, Quincy Miller or Intentional Player X. I’m curious to know whether or not the Thunder expected to have this opportunity to even pick him.
Depending on the future of Serge Ibaka, OKC now has something in the bank. I liked the idea of an upperclassman with a chance to have an impact and there were certainly good players available that fit that mold. But I didn’t expect Jones to be there. He’ll probably sit on the end of the bench, travel between OKC and Tulsa all season long and be someone we don’t hear much about. Pretty much exactly what I thought the Thunder didn’t need.
Except this is took much talent to pass on. A low risk, very high reward pick. This one didn’t take much genius from Sam Presti. Because with Jones unexpectedly available here, it was a no-brainer.